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Madina Lake

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Madina Lake is an alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The group officially formed in 2005 when twin brothers Nathan and Matthew Leone, both former members of The Blank Theory got the money to make their demo from winning Fear Factor twins. The $50,000 was the start up money for Madina Lake. Completing the 4-piece band is Mateo Camargo and Dan Torelli, former members of Chicago rock band Reforma.

Their debut album From Them, Through Us, to You was released March 27 Read more on

Madina Lake on Thrash Hits

Top 6: Madina Lake on… Cakes

October 28th, 2011

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When in doubt, talk to a band about something really, really stupid. Once, we were talking to someone about Madina Lake and they heard, “Madeira Cake.” We told Matthew Leone and he laughed so we asked him what his Top 6 cakes are. Amazingly, he couldn’t actually think of six different cakes. Birthday? Christmas? Victoria sponge? NO? Ok.

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Album: Madina Lake – World War III

September 30th, 2011

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Madina Lake
World War III
Long Branch Records
10 October 2011

by Danny Montana

From the powerful opening moments of ‘Howdy Neighbour!’, it’s clear that Madina Lake are back. After a horrendous couple of years, it appears that the Chicago quartet is back and ready to complete the Adalia trilogy with the intriguingly titled World War III.

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Sonisphere Festival 2010: Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

August 6th, 2010

It’s time for another Thrash Hits festival splash page – and this time it’s for Sonisphere! All of our Sonisphere Festival 2010 coverage from the weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need need. That means individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and maybe even some reviews), all the dodgy rumours and salacious gossip we overhear, and every lewd photo of fit girls frolicking about at Knebworth we can rustle up will be here.

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And the next seven bands for Sonisphere Knebworth are…

March 1st, 2010

…Gallows, Skunk Anansie, Fightstar, Funeral For A Friend, Madina Lake, Family Force 5 and Apocalyptica. Anyone that’s read Thrash Hits for longer than five minutes will know that while Sonisphere‘s announcement of some of those bands will have plastered a great big smile across our faces, there’s no way we can pretend that a couple of those bands are anything more than a big ol’ bag of shite. We’ll let you guess who is which.

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Interview: Madina Lake’s Nathan Leone – “Attics to Eden refers to the different ways to look at things to bring you happiness.”

March 24th, 2009

With the release their second album, Attics To Eden, drawing ever closer, we caught up with Madina Lake singer, Nathan Leone to talk about the new record, his twin brother shitting himself and getting beaten up by girls.

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Attics To Eden is the second in the set of three in the concept. How is it going so far?
“It was a brutal few months in our rehearsal spot in Chicago. We had poster boards with scribbling and arrows all over the walls trying to assure it all made sense. Music always comes first though and then we weave the storyline around it so as not to influence the honesty of the lyrics. We’ve got the ending all set and will probably start the third in a few months when we’ve decompressed.”

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Download Festival – Friday 13 June 2008: Interviews and photos

June 13th, 2008

Thrash Hits .com is at backstage at Download Festival 2008 getting all the latest gossip from as many bands as we can lay our hands on. Check out a few interviews and take a look at some great live photos below.

Download Festival Friday

Rival Schools – Ian Love
Download #1
What has been your Download 2008 highlight?
Getting my hair cut backstage and getting loads of free hair products.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
What bands have got females in? Rolo Tomassi are too young so… The Subways or Judas Priest. I like to experiment.

Rolo Tomassi – Ed
Download #1
Who are you looking forward to seeing?
Rival Schools. Several years ago myself and James, the keyboard player went to see them but it was raining so hard the venue was leaking so the gig was cancelled at the last minute, so we really want to see them.

The Ghost of a Thousand – Memby Jago
Download #4
What’s the most memorable Download 2008 experience
I got attacked by a bouncer for sneaking young girls in backstage. The sad thing was she was, and still is a lesbian.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
Motorhead because they might teach me a few lessons. Lessons in love, lessons in life.

Blackhole – Richard Carter
Download #1
What’s your Download 2008 highlight so far?
We got attacked by some guy last night shouting, “Municipal Waste will fuck you up!” They probably will.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
We’re actually all camping so we are getting the full experience, especially with all the aircraft. We’d probably like to share a hotel with Municipal Waste though haha.

Kill Hannah – Matt and Greg
Download #1
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
I really want to see Pendulum but I recently saw Gene Simmons’ sex tape and it really turned me on. I want to find Gene Simmons because we would be able to make a sex tape with him.

Madina Lake – Matthew
Download #1
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
We’re sharing a bus with Dillinger and that is really good for credibility [laughs]. We already had a conversation about shit and I told Greg that I got hit in the head with some shit when I was younger. Maybe it was him. Shit is really, really heavy.

Slaves To Gravity – Tom
Download #2
What’s your Download 2008 highlight so far?
Just driving around and around whilst attempting to get here, having a few Spinal Tap moments in the van.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
Are there any girl bands playing? Or we’ll take Kiss’ groupie scraps.

In Case Of Fire – Colin
Download #1
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
We’d love to share a hotel room with Biffy Clyro because we’ve met them before and they’re really nice guys and a lot of fun and we got on well with them.

Stone Gods – Richie Edwards and Toby MacFarlaine
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What’s your Download 2008 highlight so far?
Richie: Walking onstage and playing a gig was easily the best thing that’s happened today.
Toby: I can’t wait to get backstage to the free tattoo parlour – as soon as I finish talking about myself.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
Toby: Is there a heavy metal version of Girls Aloud…er.
Richie: Otherwise Judas Priest because they’re from just down the road from me in Birmingham so we can talk about all sorts of things.

Fall Of Troy – Thomas
Download #1
What’s the most memorable Download 2008 experience
It’s been a massive fight so far. We had loads of our gear stolen last night so we really took it out onstage today. It’s been nice to be able to tell my kids some day that we played with Motorhead and Kiss. Yeah, right!
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
I’d like to share a hotel room with Incubus because we know those guys and we get along with them. We’ve got the same kind of West Coat vibe going on.

Win limited edition Madina Lake CDs

May 30th, 2008

Madina Lake

To celebrate Chicago punk rockers Madina Lake’s Main Stage appearance at Download Festival on 14 June, the folk at Roadrunner Records have given Thrash Hits some swag to give away.

To enter this great competition to win a limited edition Madina Lake cd, just enter the competition by answering the following question.


Email your answer with your name and a contact telephone number to with “Madina Lake” as the subject. The closing date for entries is 10am Monday, 30 June 2008. The winner will be notified by telephone.

14 Download Festival (Tuborg Stage)